[Marxism] Respect split
suarsos at alphalink.com.au
Wed Oct 31 20:18:16 MDT 2007
>>This isn't quite right. The SWP claims about 6,000 registered members and
roughly 2,000 unregistered members, and these figures are accurate. <<
Thanks for these numbers -- for so long they were kept secret, or at least
they weren't available to me even when I was in the ISO. I don't think they
fundamentally contradict my argument.
The registered members' figure quoted at the 1982 conference that I attended
was 4000 members, so if it's now 6000 it does indicate some modest progress,
but hardly "impressive" given it's taken place over more than two decades.
Also my impression is that the basis for registration has become less
rigorous over time.
I agree that this isn't a bad result given what we've been up against. But
if it's true that "the left has collectively faced a crisis in advanced
capitalist countries", indeed a "storm", then this sits very oddly with all
the hype that has accompanied SWP perspectives. It's that hype, or as I put
it earlier wish-fulfilment, that I think is the main problem in the
BTW I'm glad you're present on this list, we have needed a sophisticated
SWPer for a long time.
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